Author Archives: Amy Ryland

Back to School

My Day - back to school with Staedtler

We collaborated with back to school guru’s Staedtler to create a little conversation starter for you and your kids. Download our My Day thinking note to start conversations about the school day. As parents have discovered, kids often find it daunting to be bombarded with questions after school. This fun activity sheet is here to help kids reflect on […]

Teaching a kid to drive

– Mandy Nolan Getting a drivers licence has become an adolescent rite of passage. In fact there’s an expectation that the afternoon of Sweet Sixteen is spent at the RTA. I believe that isn’t an acronym for the Road and Traffic Authority but rather what you are about to experience for the next year: Random […]

do-it-yourself bug hotel

DIY Bug Hotel

In your garden, there are good bugs and bad bugs. The bad ones are pests like aphids, slugs and caterpillars, which munch holes in your precious plants and help themselves to your veggies. The good ones are beneficial bugs like ladybirds, bees and ground beetles, which feed on the pests and pollinate flowers. Attract more […]

No Fuss Dinner

Capsicum Bowls

Capsicums (aka bell peppers) come in a variety of bright colours, which makes it easy to eat the rainbow … or the traffic lights (red, yellow and green). With their tangy taste and crunchy texture, they’re a perfect candidate for ‘munch ’n’ crunch’, but they can also be cooked: they’re great in stews and stir-fries […]


Rainbow fruit ice-blocks

Coconut water makes a great base for rainbow iceblocks: you can leave it plain and add in chopped fruit or whiz it together with some fruit in a blender. Different coloured juices also work well. Use your imagination and allow at least a few hours for the previous layer to completely freeze before adding the […]

Rainbow Tomato Tart

Rainbow Tart

Makes a 25cm x 35cm tart. Serves 6–8 • 1 sheet of puff pastry, cut to approx. 25cm x 35cm / 9.8″ x 13.8″ • 1 cup (240ml / 8.1 fl oz) basil pesto • around 750g / 1lb 10oz rainbow tomatoes, sliced 1. Preheat the oven to 220°C / 425°F / Gas Mark 7. […]



What you need: • 350g / 12.35oz wholemeal flour, plus extra for dusting• 170ml / 5.7 fl oz lukewarm water• herbs• edible petals What to do: 1. Add the flour to a bowl and slowly add the water. 2. Stir to combine and then mix with your hands to form a dough. 3. Knead dough […]

Passionfruit Jellies

Passionfruit Jellies

Make these delicious Passionfruit Jelly cups for the kids this summer! What you need: • 12-16 passionfruits• 2 tbsp gelatine powder• 1/2 cup (125ml / 4 fl oz) water• 1 cup (250ml / 8 fl oz) orange juice What to do: 1. Cut the passionfruit in half and scrape out the pulp. 2. Add 2 […]

Salad Maker

This is a perfectly light dish for summer, when peaches are at their most abundant. Choose peaches that are on the firm side as they will soften up and sweeten with cooking. GRILLED PEACH SALAD WITH MOZZARELLA, BASIL + HONEY Serves 2–4, as a light dish 4–5 medium yellow peaches 400g / 14.1oz mozzarella cheese […]

Fun Cakes

Yeah Yeah !!

YEAH YEAH MARBLED CAKE WITH CHOCOLATE CREAM CHEESE ICING This is a fun white and dark marbled chocolate cake with a delicious chocolate cream cheese icing and shouty marshmallow letters— but a nice kind of shouty. Serves 12 Baker’s note: Prepare Raspberry Compote, Marshmallow and Jelly Oranges beforehand. 200g / 7.1oz butter, softened 175g / […]

Abel’s Toys

Abel's Toys

WHEN ANNA KÖVECSES FOUND HERSELF ON A BOAT IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE WITH THREE KIDS AND NO TOYS, SHE IMPROVISED: WITH SOME PAPER AND A PAIR OF SCISSORS, SHE MADE SOME OF HER OWN. Instead of buying toys, you make simple playthings for your son, Abel. Tell us how this project started? The project […]

The Momune

The Mum Commune

When her husband left her with three children, Janet Hoggarth did what no one expected: she moved in with her friends. /// When my ex left in May 2008, Lilla was almost five, Teya was three and Danny was just one. I felt like he had died and that I would never feel ‘normal’ ever […]